Saturday, September 26, 2009

Magnet 6-Shooter Film Series 2

This past week Magnet has released a partial line-up to this year's Magnet 6-Shooter Film Series V2. This is the second attempt of Magnet/Magnolia at releasing a string of six films that come from different countries around the world displaying a vast vanguard of worldwide genre cinema. So far, Magnet 6-Shooter Film Series 2 has announced 5 of the 6 films including "Ong Bak 2: The Beginning", "Bronson", "Red Cliff", "District 13: Ultimatum" and "The Warlords". For the a full breakdown on each of the films and their release dates, follow the jump...

Magnet 6-Shooter Film Series 2

"Ong Bak 2: The Beginning"Directed by Tony Jaa and Panna Rittikrai
Starring: Tony Jaa
Synopsis: A young Thai boxer learns the skills and inner meaning of martial arts.
Release Date: September 25th (VOD), October 23rd (theaters)

"Bronson"Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
Starring: Tom Hardy
Synopsis: A young man who was sentenced to 7 years on prison for robbing a post office ends up spending 30 years in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter ego, Charles Bronson.
Release Date: October 9th (theaters)

"Red Cliff"Directed by John Woo
Starring: Chen Chang, Fengyi Zhang, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Yong Hou
Synopsis: Based on the events during the Three Kingdoms period in Ancient China in which specifically told in the title, The Battle of Red Cliffs.
Release Date: October (VOD), November 13th (theaters)

"District 13: Ultimatum"Directed by Patrick Alessandrin
Starring: David Belle, Cyril Raffaelli, Philippe Torreton, Daniel Duval, MC Jean Gab'1, Elodie Yung and Laouni Mouhid
Synopsis: Damien and Leito return to District 13 on a mission to bring peace to the troubled sector that is controlled by five different gang bosses, before the city's secret services take drastic measures to solve the problem.
Release Date: Unconfirmed

"The Warlords"Directed by Peter Chan and Wai Man Yip
Starring: Jet Li, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Jinglei Xu
Synopsis: It's a heroic tale of three blood brothers and their struggle in the midst of war and political upheaval, based on "The Assassination of Ma," a Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) story about the killing of general Ma Xinyi.
Release Date: Unconfirmed

Last year's Magnet 6-Shooter Film Series was a success in my eyes with 5 out of the 6 films being very well done and films I would enjoy in my home library of movies. Especially Time Crimes and Let the Right One In, both of those films were in my Top 15 for 2008. This year's lineup looks to be a different take on genre films going with a heavy Asian influence of martial arts and history. Of the films within the line-up I have already seen both "Bronson" and "Red Cliff", which I can't recommend enough. My only concern is with "Red Cliff" which is actually two films and the U.S. release will be cut into one film. I loved both parts to Woo's "Red Cliff", but can understand the hesitation to release the two full parts to American audiences. Highly doubtful they would invest in both and better two splice them together in one concentrated story. More news on Magnet 6-Shooter Film Series V2 as it develops...

Source: Magnet 6-Shooter Film Series

What say you? Any of these titles jump out at you? Have you seen any of the first Magnet 6-Shooter Film Series? Strikeback...